On the show, Culwell was one of 15 "mates" from whom "leading man" James Getzlaff had to choose. Unbeknownst to Getzlaff and Culwell, several of the "mates" were actually straight. Midway through the series, James learned of this twist and also learned that if James were to select a gay "mate" the two would win a cash prize and a trip to New Zealand, while if he chose a straight "mate" James would win nothing and the "mate" would win the cash prize. Getzlaff selected Culwell and won the trip and the cash.
Getzlaff and Culwell, prevented from being seen alone together in public following taping of the show, had difficulty maintaining the relationship and split shortly thereafter. They did not travel together to New Zealand.
Culwell became a travel writer for outlets including gay.com, Out, The Advocate and Instinct. He also became a speaker with Rainbow Campus Tour, traveling to college campuses and corporations across the United States to speak about diversity and tolerance. In 2005 he appeared in several episodes of Love Lounge.
- Rogers, Steve (2003-11-24). "'Boy Meets Boy's James Getzlaff and Wes Culwell ended relationship, but rumors of James dating 'Queer Eye's Jai untrue". Retrieved 2007-11-08.